Signing Ceremony of Research
on Sino-German Science
and Technology Cooperation Forum
The fourth Sino-German Science and Technology Cooperation Forum; that
is the signing ceremony of collaborated projects between China and Germany, was held in the Great Hall
of the People on May 22, 2006. During the premier of Germany -- Merkel’s visit
in China, with proposes from top leaders of China and Germany, Sino-German Science and Technology
Cooperation Forum, as an important dialogue mechanism, was constructed by National Development and Reform Commission, China and Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor, Germany, aiming at strengthening
the development and collaboration between China and Germany in the fields of
telecom, medical and biology, traffic, energy, environment protection, recycling
economy, automobile and so on.
contract on avian influenza, suggested by Dr. Wang Jing from Chinese Academy
of Sciences and Prof. Rolf Hilgenfeld from University of Luebeck,
was regarded as one of the greatly supported projects and was luckily chosen by
Premier Wen and Permier Merkel. The collaboration was the only research
contract among the nineteen projects signed in the Great Hall of the People.
The signing ceremony was solemnly held in Heibei Hall at 10.20 A.M. Prof. The whole process was witnessed
by Premier Wen Jiabao and Premier Angela Merkel and the two premiers gave
important talks thereafter.
University of Lübeck is a national university characterized by top
research and academic teaching at the interface of medicine, sciences and
technology. The university's Institute of Biochemistry (IFBL) focuses its
research on the molecular basis of intracellular infection. The main expertise
of the institute is in structural biology and in proteomics. The topic of this
collaboration is a joint research on Avian
Influenza. Both sides voluntarily contribute to the collaboration, workshop
organization and experts exchange based on equality, reciprocity, and mutual
benefits. A special emphasis of the joint research will be put on viral
genomics and discovery of antiviral compounds, in particular against avian
influenza. Dr. Wang Jing’s
team and Prof. Rolf Hilgenfeld’s team were close partners in the EU-funded FP6
project SEPSDA ("Sino-European Project on SARS Diagnostics and
Antivirals"), which had already made great achievements.
The success of the
research contract between two sides not only implies the further development of
science and technology collaboration between China
but also symbols the enlargement of international impact of Dr. Wang Jing’s team in this
field. The sign of the contract has a very important meaning in the Sino-German
science and technology history.